Is Sleep Apnea Affecting Your Quality of Life?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects millions of adults in the U.S. — an estimated 1 in 5 Americans — yet studies show that up to 80% of these cases are undetected.
OSA is caused by obstruction of the airway that occurs when the jaw falls back during sleep, collapsing the airway. As a reaction, the brain is triggered, causing one to come out of deep sleep to regain control of the jaw muscles to re-open the airway to allow for breathing to resume. This can occur 5-70 times per hour — dramatically effecting quality of sleep.
Those who suffer from OSA may experience tiredness throughout the day, anxiety/stress, tooth grinding (which may be a way for your body to attempt to re-open the airway), or snoring.
Moreover, these adults are lacking the benefits received through deep sleep, the time when your body repairs and resets.
There are many predisposing conditions associated with OSA, including obesity, nasal obstruction (e.g. deviated septum), multiple diseases and disorders, genetics, medications, alcohol, sedatives and smoking. Other causes can be having a long bony neck, thus a narrower airway, or throat muscles that relax more than normal.
If you think that you may be suffering from OSA, please speak with myself or with Dr. Kulesa! We look in mouths every day and can examine your tongue and throat anatomy, looking for signs that you may be predisposed to this condition. We utilize the STOP-BANG screening assessment, asking you simple questions that determine your risk for the disease. If applicable, we work with world renowned sleep physicians located right here in the Columbus area, and can coordinate your care with them.
There are many treatment modalities available depending on your diagnosis, from a simple sleep appliance, to a CPAP machine, to surgery, lifestyle changes, and more. We will work with you and with your sleep specialist to determine what will work for you.
Life is short, and quality of sleep is important in order to live it to the fullest!!